McTavish goes green

Borough council approves pedestrian-friendly pilot project

By Pascal Zamprelli

Great news for anyone looking for a traffic-free stroll. McTavish Street is about to become predominantly pedestrian.

From August 3 to November 6, the section of McTavish between Sherbrooke Street and Dr. Penfield Avenue will be dedicated to local traffic, and the speed limit will be reduced to 30 km/h. All the buildings along that section of the street are owned by McGill. The pilot project, aimed at making these changes permanent, was approved by the Ville-Marie borough council earlier this month.

Other initiatives include installing flower boxes on both sides of the road at the entrance of McTavish Street and in the wide portions of the sidewalks, in such a way as to ensure a minimal width of 1.5 meters for the path used by pedestrians on the sidewalks. The possibility of installing temporary speed bumps will also be explored.

In August, a follow-up committee made up of local residents and representatives from McGill, the borough, and the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal, will be struck to evaluate the success of the project.

The McTavish project is part of the McGill Green Project, a comprehensive sustainability plan to make the campus more pedestrian-friendly. More details on the McGill Green Project will be unveiled in the fall.